"Readers will laugh at the antics of steel magnolia vigilante justice as the tea-toting, bible-quoting ladies fumble and bumble in their endeavor to protect their cohort and town . . . . the classic good rural vs. evil-urban premise makes for a fine, polite (sort of like a southern contemporary Arsenic and Old Lace) . . . tale." - Harriet Klausner Book Reviews
Coconut cake, grits, poisoned turtle stew and bird-watching . . . the ladies of tiny Tea-Olive, Georgia share a lot of interests, including murder.
Retired judge L. Hyson Breed, a Yankee, picked the wrong Southern woman to trick, bully and steal from. The members of the Tea-Olive Bird Watching Society plot revenge after the judge's marriage to their friend, Sweet, turns out to be a greedy grab for her land and for control of their town. To the rescue: Beulah, Zion and Wildwood (all named after hymns, as is Sweet). The only problem? The wannabe murderers are southern matrons from a more civilized generation. How does one remain polite even while planning to kill a man and get away with it?
Augusta Trobaugh is the acclaimed author of these southern novels
also from Bell Bridge Books
SOPHIE AND THE RISING SUN
MUSIC FROM BEYOND THE MOON
RESTING IN THE BOSOM OF THE LAMB
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About the Author
AUGUSTA TROBAUGH is the author of five previous novels: River Jordan, Swan Place, Sophie and the Rising Sun (a Barnes & Noble Discover New Authors pick), Resting in the Bosom of the Lamb, and Praise Jerusalem!, a semifinalist in the 1993 Pirates Alley Faulkner Competition.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My Mom and I both liked this book from start to finish. We really didn't find it funny because the subject matter was so serious. We couldn't help but be amused though. Although I wouldn't call it a "great" book, I was never bored for one minute. I always looked forward to picking it up and reading again. I will certainly buy more of Augusta Trobaugh's books.
Augusta Barough has deftly written about the 'proper' southern lady with a group of friends who live in Tea-Olive. Their oldest friend has died and left them a beautiful parcel of land for their bird watching activities. She's also left money to the local library and the 'Homework Helpers Group' that helps local kids with their school work. We learn how all the ladies met, their families make up, and their livelihoods. None have children, and a couple might be called 'spinsters', but they enjoy their lives together in Tea-Olive. They follow traditions---like every girl being named for a church hymn---and they thoroughly enjoy their small town lives. When a retired judge moves to town and too quickly woos one of their own into marriage, all 'hell' tries to break out. He's abusing their friend and seems to want to take over her property and turn their happy small town into a money making, larger city. The ladies are trying to do everything possible to save their friend from this evil man, but their good-hearted, Bible believing ways are getting in their way as they try to think of means to 'exterminate this vermin'. Imagination and some hilarity drive this story of real spousal abuse. I very much enjoyed the 'ladies of the town', and this author definitely knows spousal abuse, but the 'real' refusal of their friend to do anything to help herself, within a 'fun' type story did not necessarily make for a truly enjoyable book. It did have a very satisfying conclusion, but I would have preferred a more light hearted plot for these very interesting and enjoyable 'southern galls'!
In Tea-Olive, Georgia, the four friends (Beulah, Zion, Wildwood and Sweet) attend church together and enjoy bird watching and their late buddy Love-Divine bequests to the Tea-Olive Bird Watching Society a patch of land, the King¿s Woods Birds Sanctuary. If the club breaks up the town obtains the parcel to do what they want with it.-------------------- Retired New York Judge Hyson Breed moves to the town where he courts Sweet they marry and he gains control of her family estate, which he plans to develop. Hyson isolates Sweet from her bird watching pals and becomes a favorite of the town merchants and leaders. Beulah and Zion worry about their friend who never sees anyone and when they visit her they see the bruises of abuse. Learning more about Hyson¿s plan to exploit their town like he has their friend, the ladies decide only his death can stop the evil he has brought with him.----------------- Though the cast is stereotyped with the ladies being sweet, caring and pious and the villain malevolent sinister and devious, readers will laugh at the antics of steel magnolia vigilante justice as the tea-toting, bible-quoting ladies fumble and bumble in their endeavor to protect their cohort and town. The breezy story line is fast-paced as the classic good rural vs. evil urban premise makes for a fine polite (sort of like a southern contemporary Arsenic and Old Lace) regional character driven tale.---------------------- Harriet Klausner
I just finished reading 'The Tea Olive Bird Watching Society' this morning and I loved it! Beulah is my favorite character cause she's spunky and passionate for her causes--saving the library and rescuing Sweet from a terrible marriage. Those two ladies persevered to kill the judge-- from the bull to the poisoned trurtle stew to the trench for flipping the tractor. I was so glad that Sweet sobered up and realized she had to do something-- not to just clear Jim's innocence but to get herself away from an abusive husband.
I was very disappointed w/ this novel. I found the characters to be stereotypes. The plot was too predictable. I don't think I'd read another book by this author.